Building Materials and Construction Mcqs

This set of Civil Engineering Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “ Building Materials and Construction ”. These Mcqs are chosen from a collection of most authoritative and best reference books on Civil Engineering. Our aim is to prepare an individual for competitive exams like NTS, GAT, ECAT, University and College entrance exams, Jobs and interviews. One should practice our MCQS to assimilate Building Materials and Construction comprehensively.

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Which of the following metamorphic rocks has the most weather resisting characteristics ?




Lime stone

The important test to be conducted on a stone used in docks and harbors is________________?

Hardness test

Work ability test

Weight test

Toughness test

Granite is not suitable for ordinary building purpose because_______________?

It can not be polished

It is not a fire proof material

It is costly

It has less crushing strength

The preparation of surface of stone to obtain plain edges or to obtain stones of required size and shape is known as______________?

Quarrying of stones

Blasting of stones

Seasoning of stones

Dressing of stones

Based on the following rocks and minerals, select the correct statement, quartz, shale, basalt, granite, marble, gypsum, mica______________?

Basalt and marble are the only metamorphic rocks

There is no sedimentary rock

Granite is the only igneous rock

Quartz and mica are minerals

Which of the following stone is best suited for construction of piers and abutments of a railway bridge ?


Sand stone

Lime stone


Specific gravity for most of the building stones lies between_____________?

1.5 to 2.0

2.0 to 2.5

2.5 to 3.0

3.0 to 3.5

Cross cut saw is used for_______________?

Cutting soft stones

Cutting hard stones

Cutting large blocks of stones

Dressing stones

Crushing strength of a good building stone should be more than____________?

50 MPa

100 MPa

150 MPa

200 MPa

Spalling hammer is used for_____________?

Driving wooden headed chisels

Rough dressing of stones

Carving of stones

Breaking small projection of stones

Sapwood consists of______________?

Innermost annular rings around the pith

Portion of timber between heartwood and cambium layer

Thin layers below the bark

Thin fibre which extends from the pith outwards and holds the annular rings together

In which of the following pairs both trees yield soft wood ?

Deodar and shishum

Chir and sal

Sal and teak

Chir and deodar

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